Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer will be looking to preserve the Seasiders’ unbeaten home record in League One this season as his charges welcome fellow Lancastrians Bury to Bloomfield Road. The hosts are sitting comfortably in mid-table and with the astute acquisition of Jay Spearing, they now possess two of the best passing central midfielders in the third tier. The former Bolton Wanderers box-to-box player will look to dovetail his role with captain Jimmy Ryan and provide ammunition for Nathan Delfouneso, nominally starting out wide (and who might swap flanks with Callum Cooke on the odd occasion) and Kyle Vassell. Like the club overall, the striker has made a promising start in League One, notching five goals this term. In the same build as most target men, he actually has the pace to go along with it and through him, they will seek to take the game to the Shakers and former leader Tom Aldred.
Chris Humphrey’s knock could open the door to Jordan Williams’ reemergence in the starting XI. Jay O’Shea might also be named in favour of Chris Maguire as Lee Clark looks to integrate the talented forward back into a hectic schedule of fixtures. Once more, most of the attacking thrust will come from the wing-backs regardless of who lines up on the right flank. Callum Reilly and Josh Laurent will need to prove that their competent showing as a unit up against Bradford City was no one-off because their opponents this evening are arguably equally blessed in that department. Granted, Spearing is likely to tire in the second half as he himself regains match sharpness but it will be up to the duo to shackle him and Ryan in particular from supplying their quick frontline.
As for a prediction, I’m going to plump for a 2-1 win to the visitors, which will mark their first three points on the road in 2017/2018. Doubtlessly, Bowyer has the tactical nous to hurt his opposite number but I’m optimistically hoping that Clark can start to utilise the numerous cards in his deck and string together a series of results to propel Bury up the standings. We shall see later this evening.